·Kate James from Total Balance is a mindfulness teacher and coach and creator of the Dream. Discover. Do. eCourse. She works with people who want to live…
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"The miracle is that we are here that no matter how undone weve been the night before we wake up every morning and are still here. It is phenomenal just to be." Anne Lamott Just over a year ago I made myself a promise to walk every morning - not just because it's good for my physical wellbeing but also because it's a daily practice in mindfulness and gratitude. It made such a difference during COVID. Along with my weekly walk (and sometimes swim) with my dear friend Barb that simple half hour
My dear friend Carrie @drcarriehayward has written this beautiful little book as the first in her Being Human series. The Woman Who Lost the Sun is the story of Winnie who becomes distressed when she encounters unwanted change in her life. Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy teachings the story reminds us of how a mindful approach can help us deal with lifes challenges and live a more purposeful and meaningful life. Perfectly timed after the year weve just had this lovely little book is
If you've paid a visit to the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne in recent years you'll know @janereiseger Jane Reisegers beautiful artwork. Her nature-inspired images are a welcome distraction for children and families who visit the hospital and a reminder that even during difficult times art can be a place of refuge. Over the decade I've known Jane her work has been prolific and varied. As well as the hospital project she's illustrated children's books painted murals in cafes and collabor
Our good friends at @happymelonstudios and my own beautiful daughter @megjames.com.au are putting together a six-week meditation teacher training that commences on 2 May. Facilitated by some of Melbourne's leading meditation teachers this 80-hour in-person training course is accredited by the Meditation Association of Australia @meditationaustralia and includes the following content: The Science and History of Meditation & Mindfulness Therapeutic Applications for Meditation & Mindfulness A
This time last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the lovely @ginavwalters for her new podcast. We spoke about many things including: what to do when you have no clarity about your career or life direction how it's ok to sometimes take a leap when you have no idea what you're doing how a curious mind can be your greatest asset how mindfulness and meditation can help you live a more purposeful and peaceful life what to do when you can't sit still to meditate how to tack
Ten thousand flowers in spring the moon in autumn a cool breeze in summer snow in winter. If your mind isn't crowded by unnecessary things this is the best season of your life. Wu-Men My constant quest is to live in the moment. I walk the same track every morning and I do my best to savour the changes of season to appreciate the shifting light and to find the beauty in every morning.
Almost four years ago (around the time this photo was taken) Chris and I were planning a tree change and so excited about finally realising our ten-year dream. What we didn't know was that just a few weeks after arriving in our new home we would also be dealing with a major health crisis. In an article in today's @theageaustralia I wrote about how we navigated our way through Chris' cancer diagnosis and how in some ways it changed our lives for the better. Thankfully he was one of the lucky o
If you could do with some practical tips on how to cultivate a kinder relationship with yourself I would love you to join me tomorrow morning at 10am for a one-hour mindful self-compassion workshop. Fee is $25 (booking link in profile) or free of charge if you're experiencing financial difficulty (please email email@example.com and we'll sign you up).
"You have the answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it." Pat Obuchowski Mid-way through last year I struggled to write the final chapter of my book. We'd been in lockdown for a couple of months and I'd been writing for close to a year. I was so near the finish line but somehow the words just weren't there. I was a week over deadline and completely frozen. "What I feel like doing" I said to my daughter "is taking the day off and going to the hot springs." Which felt entirely irresponsible giv
Kate James on Instagram: “✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today is release day for my new book so I thought it was the perfect time to give you and a friend a chance to win a…”
GIVEAWAY Today is release day for my new book so I thought it was the perfect time to give you and a friend a chance to win a copy each! To enter the giveaway simply: Like this post; Tag a friend below Ensure you and your friend are following this account. Please feel free to enter as many times as you like (one comment equals one entry). You AND your tagged friend will win a copy of the book. Giveaway ends Sunday 14 February at 5pm AEST and winners will be announced within 24 hours o
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela I've never considered myself athletic or sporty so for most of my life I've shied away from such things. But at the end of last year when Chris and I were away at Wilson's Prom we reflected that the biggest lesson from 2020 was that life is short and we need to embrace the things that bring us joy. So with that in mind (
Kate James on Instagram: “Every morning upon waking, before I do anything else, I meditate. And it is this practice, that I've been doing for 28 years now, that has…”
Every morning upon waking before I do anything else I meditate. And it is this practice that I've been doing for 28 years now that has changed my life more than anything else. It's not just about creating calm for me the greatest gifts have been learning about my thoughts my emotions how I carry tension in my body and how I breathe. It is also a reminder of the incredible power of coming back to the present moment. To remember to be grounded and centred when my thoughts want to take me everyw
Kate James on Instagram: “"Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking." Antonio Machado⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you feel lost or directionless, choosing…”
"Wanderer there is no road the road is made by walking." Antonio Machado When you feel lost or directionless choosing a path or making a decision about whats next can feel impossible. One day you want one thing and the next youre unsure. The best advice I was ever given is that the clearest way forward is to take a step in a given direction and let the experience itself give you feedback. Soon enough youll know if its right - and if its not you can change course again.
Kate James on Instagram: “"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." Camille Pissarro⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Savour the…”
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." Camille Pissarro Savour the simple beauty that's everywhere.
Kate James on Instagram: “Here’s a special way to start the new year. Our friends at @insighttimer have created a free Mindful Mornings Challenge from January 1-31.…”
Heres a special way to start the new year. Our friends at @insighttimer have created a free Mindful Mornings Challenge from January 1-31. Each day youll be guided through a 10-minute #meditation from a different teacher (including me on January 22). Set a daily reminder in your calendar to join me and almost 50000 other meditators from around the world start your day in an intentional way. Sign up for the Mindful Mornings Challenge via the link in my bio. @sarahfinds @davidjimeditation @
Kate James on Instagram: “"In order to empathize with someone’s experience, you must be willing to believe them as they see it, and not how you imagine their…”
"In order to empathize with someones experience you must be willing to believe them as they see it and not how you imagine their experience to be." Brené Brown Photo: Unsplash by Nathan Ziemanski
@total_balance shared a photo on Instagram: ““Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” Randy Armstrong⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve always been…” • Dec 6, 2020 at 7:21pm UTC
Worrying doesnt take away tomorrows troubles. It takes away todays peace. Randy Armstrong Ive always been something of a worrier. My mother used to say to me you think too much. And I do. Im not sure Ill ever completely change this about myself but Ive found two things that help me manage worry most - meditation and time in nature. Last week Chris and I spent four beautiful days at Wilsons Prom hiking and soaking up the beauty and magic of this place. I switched my phone off and let myself ju